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Maximising potential

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Cultivating curiosity

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Sustaining positive relationships

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Developing the whole person

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Latest News

School Improvement

This (slightly longer than usual) blog introduces some Schoolsworks thinking on a key topic – school improvement. In my experience there has been a rather ‘deficit model think’ about the concept and language around school improvement over the twenty-five years I have been involved in primary education. By that I mean that to talk about school improvement might suggest that things are not good and that problems need addressing. And by corollary, it suggests that good schools do not need to think about school improvement! But in Schoolsworks,...
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Emotional Intelligence

I have always hoped that becoming a MAT would enable us to grow even better leaders of schools and school systems. Globally, these are worrying days of alt-right and populist politics that appear to be making some of the lovely things in our culture well, less lovely. Children need role models who not only help them to sound clever with fronted adverbials and properly punctuated subordinate clauses, but who are also socially and emotionally aware. I doubt that psychological flexibility and good conflict management skills will ever be tested...
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What’s your motivation?

I stumbled into education. Never trained as a teacher or in public sector administration. My path into this job followed a circuitous route of law, church ministry, writing, training, social movements and latterly mediation. But education is a wonderful sector to be engaged with. I love it. What could be more rewarding than giving children and young people opportunities to determine their own paths and to positively influence the world around them? And yet, even in this exciting sector, the pressures of the environment can easily kill our...
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Teacher Retention – sleep-walking to disaster

I have said before that the Government’s flip-flopping on education policy means that the real issues facing the sector are not being addressed. The Green Paper published in the Autumn focused on ideologically driven emphases like grammar schools and the role of independent schools in the state sector. Meanwhile, it largely ignored what many in the profession consider to the really pressing issues for schools: i.e, funding, the utter mess of current end of year assessments and the muddled academisation policy. But of all the issues facing...
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Free Schools – an update

Back in the early Autumn I wrote a piece framed as an ‘idiot’s guide’ to opening a free school. It was designed to paint the picture of what the government’s free school programme was aiming to achieve and how to access it. At the time, Schoolsworks was a couple of months into ‘phase one’ of our first free school project, with applications for three more in hand and I promised ‘more to follow’. So here is that more: an update on how we are getting on and how we are experiencing the free school programme on the inside. To back up a little, we...
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Staff Focus

Shannon Lasham

My name is Shannon and I’m a Mid-day Meals Supervisor at Rustington Community Primary School. I help the children with their lunch and then help supervise their playtime.

I only ever see happy children and the atmosphere here is great. My favourite moment recently was a massed game of Duck-Duck-Goose with about 60 children!